Employee Engagement Activities to Improve the Hiring Process

Employee engagement starts with a strategic plan. Start by envisioning your staff as real people with aspirations, challenges, and accomplishments at home as well as the workplace. Employee engagement activities should reflect things that matter to the company and to the employee. Employees feel respected when management is interested in their personal advancement and career success.

Human resource professionals are tasked with finding candidates that meet or exceed expectations. In addition, HR must adequately onboard new talent in a way that starts them off with a good impression of the company and their path to a successful career.  The employee engagement starts as early as the first interview in the recruitment stage. With an employee engagement strategy, candidates will know during the hiring process what to expect once they are hired in the way of engagement activities, learning opportunities, and potential growth within the company.

Onboarding is usually the final step of the hiring process and in doing so, candidates should expect guidance, mentoring, and continuous engagement to be part of the process. Managers can help employees identify and appreciate their unique strengths with engagement activities. Keep in mind, emotional commitment comes when employees find personal meaning in what they do. To keep your staff feeling appreciated, try the following ideas:

Involvement in Planning

Transparency offers insight into how the company is managed, which in return can foster loyalty and leaders for the future. Help employees conceive quality employee engagement in corporate culture. Managers should lead by example and convey the importance of communication in the work environment. 

Create a Resource Center

In a recent study, 13 percent of younger workers reported a lack of growth opportunities is enough to drive them away. As a remedy, it is recommended to establish a learning path for employees to have access to knowledge and development opportunities. Periodically, reassess employee needs and let them make decisions on things like scheduling, content, and instructors. Initiate a Learning Management System (LMS) to automate the ongoing learning process. 

Celebrate the Staff

Personal events like birthdays and work anniversaries are a great way to connect people. When employees feel recognized, they want to be engaged and feel their presence and work is important to the overall success of the company. The best recruiting tool can simply be happy employees sharing their positive experience with others on social media channels and by word-of-mouth. 

Embrace Flexibility

Different employees need different forms of flexibility. What works for one employee may not work for another. Create a work culture that encourages focus and production, not meaningless busywork to satisfy a clock. When you welcome flexibility into the workweek, it encourages employees to be more productive in exchange for latitude in their schedule. 

When it comes to employee engagement, there is no hard and fast rule as to what drives the employee experience. No matter the size or scope of an organization, a meaningful and shared vision is crucial to the development of future leaders, happy workers, and a better bottom line. 

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